LibriVox recording of Persuasion by Jane Austen. Recording by Karen Savage.
Several years before the events of the novel, Anne Elliott fell in love with a young and handsome but poor naval officer. She was persuaded by her friends and family to refuse him when he asked her to marry him. Now, eight and a half years later, she meets him again...
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January 9, 2010 Subject:
Jane Austen certainly needs no introduction. Whatever the shortcomings other reviewers and critics may have found in the novel, the criticism can amount to little more than nitpicking. The novel is an expert deconstruction of early 19th-century society, but, of course, more than that it is the most powerful and early voice of women in English literature. Yet this is not a "feminist" novel as some would have it. Above all it tries to present women as human beings with real feelings. Men should not fear this book, since it in no way degrades or belittles them. Within the covers of this book, common sense and heartfelt emotions blend perfectly.
It is my belief that Karen Savage, a professional voice talent who also does paid gigs in the audiobook sector, is among LibriVox' most valuable assets. She is probably the volunteer most suited for Jane Austen. Though her pace in reading this recording is, admittedly, a little fast, it remains eminently listenable. Highly recommended.
September 6, 2009 Subject:
Karen Savage please read the other Austen works
This is a wonderful recording. Karen Savage's reading voice is lovely and perfectly suited to Austen's stories. Please Ms. Savage, read the other Austen works for us. Please start with Mansfield Park, my second favorite. Persuasion is my favorite, so thank you for doing such a wonderful job reading it.
July 13, 2009 Subject:
Very good reading
Persuasion begins seven years after the heroine, Anne Elliot, has jilted her lover, Fredrick Wentworth, upon the request of a most beloved mother figure. Although at the time of the refusal the man seems an inadequate match, the tables are now turned: as in most Austen novels--the girl is poor, the boy is rich. To add insult to injury, Anne’s father is going bankrupt and must rent his house to none other than Fredrick’s sister and brother-in-law, bringing Anne and Fredrick in contact again. Anne and Fredrick always find themselves in uncomfortable situations that brew up old feelings. As Jane Austen’s last completed novel, some critics dismiss it as her darkest; however, others see it as her most honest and universal.
Many thanks to Karen Savage for her excellent reading of the novel. Listeners will have to hold tight, though: the pace is relentless!